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Right to Know, Survival Gardening and More
#270, March 31, 2011
In this issue:
Quote of the Week
When Economic Collapse Hits, Subsistence Farms Are the Best Place to Be
"Probably the best place to be in this situation [economic collapse precipitated by peak oil and a changing climate] would be on a subsistence farm in a village in Sub-Saharan Africa or someplace that's not much effected by what happens in the rest of the world. I think most people don't realize how vulnerable we are. For example, the food supply in the average city in the United States, if it's not daily renewed, would run out in about 3 days. There's not much of a buffer there. The system can come apart pretty fast."
-Lester Brown, "The Planet's Scarcest Resource is Time," March 22, 2011.
Alerts of the Week
Support Genetically Engineered Food "Right to Know" Legislation In Your State
Legislation that would require labels on genetically engineered salmon or other GE foods has been introduced in 14 states across the country. Please take action if you live in one of the following states. If your state hasn't introduced a bill yet, take action here!
Alaska - California - Connecticut - Hawaii - Iowa - Illinois - Maryland - New York - North Carolina - Oregon - Rhode Island - Tennessee - Vermont - West Virginia
More state legislation can be found here, too!
Millions Against Monsanto Fundraising Appeal
A quarter of a million people have already signed up as participants and supporters in our Millions Against Monsanto Truth-in-Labeling Campaign. But we need money to print leaflets, to buy educational videos, to print up T-shirts and bumper stickers, and to pay our campaign staff. As you know, GMOs, Factory Farms, and deceptively labeled consumer products pose a mortal threat to public health, climate stability, and all living things. As we speak, organic crops are being contaminated with Monsanto's GMOs. We need your financial contributions to educate and mobilize consumers, to protect and maintain strict organic standards, and to pressure the entire food industry, including natural food stores and co-ops, to adopt Truth-in-Labeling practices.
Alerts OF THE WEEK
Rallies for the Right to Know: March 26, April 16
On March 26, 2011, Millions Against Monsanto activists staged Rallies for the Right to Know in more than 30 cities across the country. This grassroots mobilization began with a call from a trio of hard-working, all-volunteer organizers, Trish Wright, Erica Gray and April Reeves, who planned a demonstration at the White House and urged activists who couldn't come to DC to hold Rallies for the Right to Know locally. The idea spread across the country, rejuvenating the USA movement against Monsanto and GMO foods and crops.
Click here to find out what happened in each city, look at photos, videos and news reports from the rallies, meet the activists who made it all happen, and find out how you can join them.
If there hasn't been a Rally for the Right to Know in your area yet, click here to find out how to make one happen.
April 16, 2011, is the next big national rally day. Denver is leading the way.
Who's in? Send us the details of your rally so we can post it on the Millions Against Monsanto page.
Alerts of the Week
Come to a Millions Against Monsanto Action & Strategy Summit: San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York
San Francisco - April 9-10, 2011
Chicago - May 14-15, 2011
Seattle - May 21-22, 2011
New York - Oct 1-2, 2011
Alerts of the Week
Host a "Future of Food" Movie Night & Organic Potluck
Want to meet Millions Against Monsanto activists in your area? Host a house party featuring "The Future of Food" and a potluck non-GMO dinner at your place.
The Future of Food has been a key tool in the American and international anti-GMO grassroots activist movements and played widely in the environmental and activist circuits since its release in 2004. The film is widely acknowledged for its role in educating voters and the subsequent success of passing Measure H in Mendocino County, California, one of the first local initiatives in the country to ban the planting of GMO crops.
Watch "The Future of Food" for free.
Find out where you can see a public screening of "The Future of Food".
Order a copy of "The Future of Food" for your house party.
Give us the details of your house party and we'll post it on our website and send an email invite to local OCA members.
Videos of the Week
Rally for the Right to Know Videos
The March 26th Rallies for the Right to Know were a smashing success. Thousands of people in over 20 cities across the country came with banners, posters, leaflets and righteous indignation to demand Truth-in-Labeling of GMO foods and food products. Check out the video footage on OrganicConsumer on YouTube.
Visit www.MillionsAgainstMonsanto.org to see more about the rallies and the overall Truth-in-Labeling campaign.
Did we miss your video? Send us a link and/or let us know how we can get a copy of your footage to make into a video about all the rallies nationwide.
When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater
Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Will
Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto
Time for Plan B: Our Civilization Is on the Edge of a Systemic Breakdown
Pedaling Away from the Health Care Crisis
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